The Elopement Day

What kind of equipment do you use?

I use professional Nikon equipment. I will always bring two camera bodies and several back up lenses to an elopement, including enough batteries to power a small village. I got you.

Can you recommend a hair and make up stylist/florist/ceremony venue etc?

I work with many talented vendors in Paris but I would highly recommend that you consider investing in a wedding planner for your elopement day. They are the experts when it comes to finding the perfect vendor team to help your creative vision come to fruition! Please don't hesitate to ask me for more details regarding my top planner picks.

What if you haven't shot at our venue before?

I love shooting at new venues. Seeing a location with fresh eyes is always valuable! I travel frequently for weddings and elopements so even if I have not been to your venue before, I feel confident that I would do an excellent job capturing it. I will arrive early on the day of or scout it out before your elopement day to make sure I know where the best spots to photograph are.

We're bad in front of the camera! Will you help direct us?

Of course. Don't fret - I'm a talker and have lots to say and plenty of ideas. I take an active approach to subtly directing you into the most natural and flattering poses. I like to keep everything as organic and as natural as possible. I'll make it painless and fun! It won't be nearly as bad as you think, I promise!

Will you take posed family portraits?

Absolutely. A month before your elopement I’ll send you a questionnaire for you to confirm the logistics of your day and provide me with a list of the posed family photos that you would like documented (if any).

Can we provide you with a 'shot list' of the photos we would like?

Honestly, I’d prefer that you didn’t - here’s why; I will generally capture all of those images without promoting. Having to follow a checklist is likely to slow me down creatively and result in a lesser amount of documentary coverage on your day.

Can our guests take photos with their cameras?

Of course! I simply request that they let me capture the family portraits before they do, so that I can have all eyes in my general direction! I don’t allow family or friends to join us when we go to take your couple portraits, as it can be rather distracting.

Are you able to stay longer than scheduled?

Surely! An elopement day may occasionally fall behind your agreed schedule. If you would like me to stay beyond the hours agreed to cover the events you have requested, any additional coverage will be invoiced after your elopement at a rate of €350 per hour.

The Images

How will you edit our images?

My editing style is minimal because my goal is always to capture natural beauty in the best light possible. My stance on Photoshop is that less is more and all of the photos that you’ll receive will have been hand-edited, one at a time, by yours truly.

Can some of our photos be edited in both black and white and in colour?

The images that I edit and deliver in black and white are only available in black and white. If you have preferences for more/less black and white images in your final gallery, just let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate your wishes.

When and how will we receive our images?

Your images will be uploaded to an online gallery, at the latest, two months from your elopement day. It all depends on my shooting and travel schedule and the time of year. I promise I'll be as speedy as I can though! I will email you a link to your personal and password protected online viewing gallery to download the high-resolution files so that you can share them with your family and friends (and on social media) if you so wish. Upon final approval of album designs, an album will be ready for delivery within ten weeks.

How long will the images be available in the online gallery? 

I can guarantee that the images are available in the online gallery for 6 months following the date of delivery.

How many digital images do we receive?

For elopements, you will receive a minimum of 150 colour corrected digital images. These images will be uploaded to an online gallery and are ready to print!

Can we have the original files of all of the unedited JPEGS?

The original photo files (what's referred to as the RAW images) are for studio use only. My process is to only select and edit the very best photos so that you don't have to! The images in your gallery will be the crème de la crème of what we took on the day and will allow you to print canvases, large prints and a host of other items.

Can we see the outtakes (the images that didn't make the final cut?)

Please know that when culling and editing your images I’m not striving to hit a certain number of images and throwing away any ‘good’ photos over and above. I edit loosely, taking out photos where eyes are closed, the flash didn’t fire or a guest may have walked in front of the camera. The images you didn’t receive won’t be archived and therefore won’t be available to you after the elopement.

Can we order prints through you?

Yes! You or your family and friends can order prints from your password protected online viewing gallery. Easy! You can also take care of your own printing if you wish.

Do we really need an album?

Personally, I think that if you’re going to spend thousands on photography, you should walk away from it with something tangible to display your investment. We know all too well how easy it is for hard drives of photos to sit in drawers, waiting to be printed off. Your photos should be something that you look at often and cherish for many years to come (however I will never ever pressure you into buying something that you don’t want).

How does the album design process work?

After you decide that you’d like an album, you have three months to select your favourites. After you’re finished with the photo choices it can take up to four weeks for me to design at which point I will send you a link to a slideshow of your album. From the first rough draft, you can make any changes or proffer suggestions. Once I make those changes, I'll send another slideshow link of your album for you to approve. Once approved, it’ll go to the binder. The binder usually takes around six weeks to perfect the album. Once it arrives in Paris I’ll check through the album for integrity and quality before I wrap it up and send the album to you.

Payment & Booking

What is your payment schedule?

To book your elopement I require a signed agreement and a reservation retainer of €1000 (a bank transfer is preferred). The remaining balance will be due one month prior to your elopement date (I require payment in full before the event). I’ll send you an invoice when your final payment is due. Payment for overtime and albums will be invoiced after your elopement upon return from your honeymoon.

If we need to cancel the elopement, is the retainer refundable?

The reservation retainer and all monies paid are non-refundable. Once you pay the retainer and sign the agreement, I hold your date exclusively for you and will not accept any other commissions for that date.

What if there is an emergency and you can't attend?

In the event of severe medical, natural, or other unforeseen emergencies it could be necessary to retain a different photographer. I am a member of many photographer networking groups that can be contacted to find you a suitable replacement photographer. If you prefer, you may source your own substitute photographer, and a full refund would be given.

How far in advance should we book?

I take bookings up to six months in advance and do work on a “first-sign-first-serve” basis. To secure your date, a signed contract and reservation retainer is required. I cannot guarantee my availability or hold any dates without these two things.

Can we meet with you before we book?

Absolutely! In fact, I strongly recommend it. If possible we will set up an in-person meeting, or we can set up a Skype chat at a time that is convenient for you.

Can you hold our elopement date?

Unfortunately, I cannot hold your preferred date without a signed agreement and reservation retainer. Electronic agreements expire in 5 working days for this reason. 

Business & Details 

How long have you been in business?

I started my wedding photography business after graduating from my Bachelor of Photography back in Australia in 2009. I photographed weddings there until I moved to Paris, where I now live with my Italian partner Emanuele. Thankfully he shares my love of travelling the world (in fact, that's how we met).

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Summer 2018. Pricing subject to change without notice.